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I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Nov 17

In the fight between loggers and conservationists, we know who is winning. If the Regional Forest Agreements are consistent with national environment laws, then the laws must be changed. I took this photo and it shows very clearly the purpose of forests.

Daily Links Nov 16

Monbiot is as incisive as ever. ‘ .. we cannot save ourselves without contesting oligarchic control’ as ‘the short-term interests of the elite are radically different to the long-term interests of society’. He refers to the Extinction Rebellion and the importance of joining it.

Daily Links Nov 15

Criticising Angus Taylor and hid political philosophy contortions is like shooting fish in a barrel – and the guy is a Rhodes Scholar. Richard Dennis, as always, skewers his contradictions.

Daily Links Nov 14

The paywalls that many in the msm are erecting (and we can understand why they do it, they need to pay for their journalism and we need to support our chosen outlets) pose problems for services such as Maelor’s. A very good article from Lister Peter Boyer, a journo from Tasmania who frequently appears in The Hobart Mercury, is trapped behind their paywall. He posts each article on his websitesouthwind.com.au/ Have a look at his website for yesterday’s article ‘The words they dare not speak’, in which he discusses the disjunct between the community preparedness for climate response and the reticence of our leaders to lead.You might want to include the website in your Favourites as there’s terrific material there.

Daily Links Nov 13

Hold on, are you saying that Alice Springs’ grid-scale battery, charged up by solar power, will provide dispatchable power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow? Tony and Angus and Scott said only coal and gas can do that. This means that the three weren’t telling the truth.